After a crushing 10-0 loss at league powerhouse Battle Mountain on Thursday, the Summit girls soccer team rallied to their first win of the season Saturday, topping the Rifle Bears at home 5-1.
“It was nice to get a W on the season,” team captain Rachel Fitch said after the game.
The team played through near blizzard-like conditions in the first half to go up 3-0 at halftime.
“It was very extreme weather conditions,” Fitch said. “The weather was a very big factor in the first half. It affected our ability to move the ball.”
Even with the convincing win, both she and head coach Tommy Gogolen see a lot of room for improvement going forward.
“I definitely felt we could have played better on that team. We definitely have some things we can work on,” Fitch said.
Her coach agreed. “A win is a win,” Gogolen said. “I think the girls know they can play a little better. Ultimately I think we’re happy with the results.”
With the win the Tigers move to 3-1 on the season. Among their concerns, Gogolen and Fitch mentioned a need to improve their passing and setting up plays.
“We definitely need to work on our offense,” Fitch said. “We played an OK game for the season, but we’re hoping when we play some of the future teams that we can play up to their level and hopefully overcome.”
Summit looked to be running away with the game through the first half, but Rifle managed to go on the offensive early in the second, keeping the ball on offense.
With Summit still up 3-0, a Tiger penalty set up a Bears indirect free kick just outside the 18 yard-line. Rifle’s striker bent a well-placed shot over a wall of Summit defenders and past the Tiger goalie.
Summit went on the offensive shortly after, capitalizing on a bobbled ball that dribbled by the Rifle goalie to put them up 4-1. Summit’s final goal came after the Rifle goalie attempted to pick up the ball outside of the 18 box. The Tigers scored off of the ensuing free kick by Fitch for the game’s final score.
Brianna Gonzalez, Ali Pothier, Jenna Drager and Natalie Imamura each accounted for one of the other four Tiger Goals.
As to the loss to Battle Mountain earlier in the week, Gogolen said, “We knew it was going to be a tough game. That was the best I’ve ever seen them play. They could almost beat a college team. The girls knew who they were playing.”
Fitch hopes they’ll be able to give them more of a game the next time around.
“We’ll see them again in a few weeks. Hopefully we’ll be able to build up our defense,” she said.
The team’s next game is at Palisade Thursday, March 20.
“We knew they were going to make a run, but I think our mindset was just going back to being an aggressive team. I think our biggest thing is we just have to keep staying aggressive for the entire game instead of just for 36 minutes or 40 minutes.”